Android is a very complete operating system, and it only gets better with each version (as is the case with Android 14). Still, custom layers from manufacturers have their charm. One UI, the system of Samsung Galaxy devices, is full of functions and features almost hidden among the company’s own settings or applications, and among them is the possibility of almost absolute control of the mobile phone through gestures.

This feature isn’t something that’s coming with the new One UI 6, but it’s already available on all Galaxy devices with One UI 5 and up. Tired of having to go to the quick settings screen to turn on the flashlight? Want to use two apps at the same time with just one tap? What about taking perfect screenshots and sharing them in an extremely easy and fast way? You can use gestures for all of this, and more.

Open apps, turn on your flashlight, and more without having to touch the screen

There are two ways to take screenshots on a Samsung Galaxy phone natively: press the power button and the volume down button at the same time, or swipe your hand over the screen from one side to the other, as if you were a Jedi. But there’s another possibility: take a screenshot by tapping the back of your phone.

In this tutorial you will find how to configure this and many other gestures, which you can fully customize. The first thing you need to do is download the Good Lock app from the Galaxy Store, and then, in the “Life Up” tab, install two modules: RegiStar and One Hand Operation +.

Let’s start with RegiStar. In this module we will focus on two sections: Back-Tap action and Side-Key press and hold action

The first option allows you to configure actions by tapping on the back of the phone. When activated, we can set two taps and three taps, in addition to the sensitivity when detecting touches. In case it wasn’t clear, by “taps” I mean light taps with the index finger (or any other finger) on the back, as if we were typing on a computer keyboard, they don’t need to be intense taps.

For example, in my case I have configured to be able to open Twitter (X) with the diagonal gesture upwards, the split screen view (to use two apps on screen) with the diagonal gesture downwards, and I can start recording the screen simply with a long diagonal up gesture, or access the quick tools (to turn the WiFi on or off, adjust screen brightness, among others).

There are even more options to choose from than there are options for taps on the back. Just remember, if you’re using gesture navigation on your Galaxy phone (i.e. without the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen), try to set the “Back Key” by swiping straight on both sides of the screen.

By setting up all these gestures with your favorite apps and the actions you use the most, you’ll be able to save time and get things done (almost) faster on your Samsung Galaxy. These are very useful gestures, especially if you tend to use your phone with one hand due to preference or health reasons.

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